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Champion Will Take Charge Tops Strong Alysheba; On Fire Baby Heads La Troienne on Rich Oaks Undercard
Willis Horton’s Will Take Charge, winner of the Clark Handicap (Grade I) here last fall and the Oaklawn Handicap (GII) in his most recent start, heads a field of nine for Friday’s 11th running of the $300,000-added Alysheba Presented by Besilu Stables (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
$250,000 Pick 6 for Oaks Day; $1 million Pick 6 for Derby Day
Churchill Downs Racetrack and TwinSpires.com have partnered for the third straight year to guarantee the Pick 6 pools on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days. The Kentucky Oaks Day Pick 6 will carry a $250,000 guaranteed pool and the Kentucky Derby Day Pick 6 will feature a $1 million guarantee.
CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Trainer Art Sherman, coming on strong despite running on very little sleep, and California Chrome, coming on strong, too, despite not being allowed to do much running, made the Churchill Downs scene Tuesday morning and proved big hits.
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, who has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 ¼ lengths, has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 3-year-old fillies for Friday’s 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).
KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Monday, April 28, 2014
Martin Cherry’s homebred Embellishing Bob was elevated to first place after Bayern was disqualified for drifting out in deep stretch to win the 90th running of the $176,700 Derby Trial (Grade III) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 24,431 on the opening night of the 38-day Spring Meet.
With just under six weeks to go until the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
TwinSpires.com, the official advance-deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby (NASDAQ: CHDN), is offering its players an opportunity to turn $20 into a $1 million prize by betting the Kentucky Derby qualifying races with TwinSpires.com.
Churchill Downs’ La Troienne Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares ages 4 & up run each year on Kentucky Oaks Day, was elevated to Grade I status for its 2014 running by the American Graded Stakes Committee (“AGSC”).
Tapiture had failed to find the winner’s circle in the first three races of his young career, but he displayed a liking for a brighter spotlight when he rallied from just off the pace under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. for an easy 4 ¼-length victory in the 87th running of the $175,200 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) for 2-year-olds, the co-featured eve